BOOST YOUR SMILE WITH CARIPRO

Do you see my ear to ear smile right here? That is exactly what I feel about this latest collaboration with cariPRO electric toothbrush.

I was probably one the oldest school lady on the block who has never adopted the electric toothbrush lifestyle in this era. Yep! I have been using manual brush the entire life. So, when Smile Brilliant approached me to test out their new electric toothbrush range – cariPRO, I can not say “NO”.

This toothbrush comes in a bundle with two years warranty:

x1 cariPRO™ Ultrasonic toothbrush
x2 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont™ bristles
x1 wireless charging dock

Like other electric toothbrushes, CariPRO has 5 mode settings – clean, white, massage, gum care, and sensitive. Use each mode daily to achieve the maximum result for your healthy mouth.

So, I have been using this toothbrush for the past 3 weeks and had to say that I AM IMPRESSED!

Other than it’s waterproof , it’s textbook-proof. I noticed an instant result straight away after my first day of trial. It cleanse deeply and thoroughly, it removes 7x more plaques than manual brush – including some coffee stainson my front teeth, it naturally whitens my teeth. No joke – hubby and few friends has made pretty encouraging comments about my teeth for the past weeks. *smilefearlessly

Another cool thing of this electric toothbrush – its battery could last up to thirty days. You’d better save some energy – and I’ll definitely go for it. Last but not least, it’s cheaper than any other brands (based on my research). Same quality, better features, better value. What are you waiting for, it is time to give cariPRO a try.

Today, I enjoy oral care routine more than ever. I make time for it, because keeping my mouth healthy is easier, simpler, and better. I smile more frequent than ever. I smile more fearless than usual.

And hey kids, in case you can’t find mommy this morning, I am having my leisure time in the bathroom brushing my teeth. No rush! I gotta brush my teeth!

So are you ready to take your smile to the next level?!

Smile Brilliant is letting me to do a giveaway to win one set of electric toothbrush. Click here to enter.

OR receive 20% off your purchase today! using code “mamaonrepeat20”

BOOST YOUR SMILE. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE!!

Love,

Kenny

BOOST YOUR SMILE WITH CARIPRO

Do you see my ear to ear smile right here? That is exactly what I feel about this latest collaboration with cariPRO electric toothbrush.

I was probably one the oldest school lady on the block who has never adopted the electric toothbrush lifestyle in this era. Yep! I have been using manual brush the entire life. So, when Smile Brilliant approached me to test out their new electric toothbrush range – cariPRO, I can not say “NO”.

This toothbrush comes in a bundle with two years warranty:

x1 cariPRO™ Ultrasonic toothbrush
x2 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont™ bristles
x1 wireless charging dock

Like other electric toothbrushes, CariPRO has 5 mode settings – clean, white, massage, gum care, and sensitive. Use each mode daily to achieve the maximum result for your healthy mouth.

So, I have been using this toothbrush for the past 3 weeks and had to say that I AM IMPRESSED!

Other than it’s waterproof , it’s textbook-proof. I noticed an instant result straight away after my first day of trial. It cleanse deeply and thoroughly, it removes 7x more plaques than manual brush – including some coffee stainson my front teeth, it naturally whitens my teeth. No joke – hubby and few friends has made pretty encouraging comments about my teeth for the past weeks. *smilefearlessly

Another cool thing of this electric toothbrush – its battery could last up to thirty days. You’d better save some energy – and I’ll definitely go for it. Last but not least, it’s cheaper than any other brands (based on my research). Same quality, better features, better value. What are you waiting for, it is time to give cariPRO a try.

Today, I enjoy oral care routine more than ever. I make time for it, because keeping my mouth healthy is easier, simpler, and better. I smile more frequent than ever. I smile more fearless than usual.

And hey kids, in case you can’t find mommy this morning, I am having my leisure time in the bathroom brushing my teeth. No rush! I gotta brush my teeth!

So are you ready to take your smile to the next level?!

Smile Brilliant is letting me to do a giveaway to win one set of electric toothbrush. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

OR receive 20% off your purchase today! using code “mamaonrepeat20”

BOOST YOUR SMILE. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE!!

Love,

Kenny

WHO DESERVES YOUR LOVE THE MOST ?

As a mom, I tend to put myself behind others in the family, don’t you? Just because, I am a MOM. It’s in my nature to nurture and care the offsprings.

Who’s the first waking up in the morning?

Who’s the last closing their eyes at night?

Who’s the last person sitting on the dinner table?

Who’s the first person leaving the dinner table?

I don’t know about YOU. But these sounds like ME in everyday life. I tick all the boxes there – so I deserve a win I guess (on their eyes). Yes babe! You do! Take all the credits. I say it once again, take all the credits!

Ha….It took me only 3 years to understand this very word –

“I deserve all the credits”

I spent too many times hating and beating myself hard for not lifting up my performances to my expectations. Many nights, I sat on the corner of my bed crying out of guilts. Many hours, I sobbed pitying my life with dirty nappies and mess kitchen. Many occasions, I let others opinion overwrite my joy.

Then, a moment lights up – one night I sent J to bed as per usual, we planned to do all the bedtime routine as normal. The day was quite intense that day, and my face had turned red at the time, @#%3hdie&&! filled my brain. In the middle of our book reading, J told me “mommy, you should leave me now and go to work.” Then I replied, “wha do you mean?” J insisted “you should go to work, so you’ll get some money, and you will buy me toy, won’t you?”

I stopped there – AND yeah I realised that I can not pour out of an empty cup nor half empty cup. Others could feel the anger and disappointment within my soul. My child, he can sensed it. And that is the LAST thing you would let them feel; your negative vibe. No matter how hard you try to cover it from them, whatever you keep in your heart will ooze to the surface.

So, I quickly learn to love myself first before I can love others surround me.

Luke 10:27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

– Luke

Here was clearly stated to love your neighbors as yourself – how can you love others without knowing the art of loving yourself first? It is not an easy decision for me to put myself above others. However, I understand the significant impact it could bring onto others life today. SO, I CHOOSE TO LOVE MYSELF FIRST THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.

4 PRACTICAL STEPS ON HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF

1. SAY 3 THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF TODAY

Trust me! It is not as easy as it sounds!! ;(

Do yourself a quick test:

(in 5 seconds) mention 5 of your strengths / things you would die to keep in your life forever

(in 5 seconds) mention 5 of your weaknesses /something you wish you could change in life

Which questions you get all 5 in time?!

It is was easier to judge ourself than to appreciate ourself in life. We tend to train our brain by traits. By forcing myself to think hard about things I love about myself these days is the best healing force I have ever done.

2. BE GRACIOUS TO YOURSELF

The fact that you are a human. You have feelings and emotions. No one is perfect. Some of us confuse self-love with endless positivity and endless optimism. This will drag you to even hates yourself even more when you assume that we can only be tougher as what the world throw at us.

Allow yourself to be honest with who you are. Forgive yourself for your past deeds, those things you are ashamed of.

Learn to say “it is okay”

It is okay to not get everyone dress up nicely to the church.

It is okay to get a McDonalds for dinner today.

It is okay to leave the dirty dishes till tomorrow morning.


3. TREAT YOURSELFT

This part I love the most. Put your sanity above others. Go get some massage. Fix your nail and toe nails. Have some pretty blow dry at saloon. Enjoy your night outs with the girls.

Because you deserve it. Don’t feel bad about it.

4. SHARE YOURSELF

And only after you have worked out your own personal bumps you can begin to see the diamonds in the rough: your gifts.

Knowing that someone else out there might been through the exact pain/ confusion you were in last weekend. It is always worth to share your story to others. This is another effective way of self- healing; is when you try to be open with yourself. Being vulnerable is not a weak indication of a person, is a strong point of someone.

Find a medium or platform or group where you can give your experiences and take some tips and tricks about mothering/ parenting. It is always calming to have someone like-minded who gets your back through thick and thin.

So, here I am sharing my journey on this platform, believing that I am never alone in this, and would love to be someone else’s buddy on this journey called motherhood.

Connect with me on :
Instagram (@mamaonrepeat)
Pinterest (mamaonrepeat)

Lastly, here’s the answer to above question.

YOU!

It is you who deserves your love the most ! Remember that ! xx

Much love,

Kenny

IT IS OKAY TO NOT HAVE ANY RESOLUTIONS THIS YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

First few days of 2019 and I was panting already, felt like I just had a good 30 mins running sesh. Ha. Who’s with me?

Yes! New Year could be overwhelming sometimes as we’re skimming thorough others’ profiles, reading through others’ captions, listening to others’ podcasts – which loaded with so many NEW RESOLUTIONS & NEW GOALS. Meanwhile…we find ourself stuck with (still) another opened grocery lists for the week. Please, don’t feel so small on this. You are not alone. At least I am feeling this, I am overwhelmed by all the resolutions I read on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I feel I am behind others. And I tell you… it’s not a good feeling. I’ve been forcing myself these past few days finding ways to press the juices out of my head, to come up with some new resolutions; however I ended up with more pressure than before.

I had always start my year with some lists of big resolutions but at the end of the year NOT all of them were even close to reality. Some of them were far to reach or somehow I was making the wrong decision at some point of the journey that cost me a business opportunity.

It is hard to accept but I’ve learned that one failure does not make you a loser. Tomorrow is a brand new day! Get up, turn up, be awesome, repeat!

Hence, it is okay to NOT have any resolutions this year. Just keep doing what you’re doing today – better, faster, harder, further, more efficient, more intensional.

There’s nothing wrong to keep being a stay at home mum with 3 kids under 5 yo – just plan the weekly meal a week earlier than last year

There’s nothing wrong to keep “patience” in your resolution list – just control mind and emotion better than last year

There’s nothing wrong with working for the same company since forever – just work harder on your presentation won’t hurt

There’s nothing wrong with your gym membership, just need a little more commitment to smash the gym 3 days a week

Learn to appreciate every small win you have achieved today. Grow the confidence within you. And kick some ass. And be surprised of how far your commitments / good habits / positive intentions will take you closer to your dreams.

Here are my top 5 daily commitments for 2019:

  1. be more organised with my “free time” – less phone usage, more reading
  2. wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual
  3. use more journal to plan my day
  4. drink more water
  5. regular house declutters every quarter

So, whether you have some thing/area to improve this year, whether you are trying live a better quality life this year, or whether you are praying to go bigger with your business? I would like to encourage you to stop worrying of the peer pressure and start working on your dreams. Start this year with new COMMITMENTS. Things you have decided in your heart and work on it on daily basis. I truly believe in my heart that you will see the harvest of your labour in its due time.

Share some of your commitments for this year to below on the comment. I would like to hear from you and be part of your journey towards your dreams.

Once again… HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope this year will bring you so much happiness and fulfilment into your life. BRING ON 2019!

Love,

Kenny

5 USES OF BABY ROOM SPRAY

Alright, so today I am going to talk about something that is very new to me. It is that new that I didn’t even know that it is ever exist in this world. 

A BABY ROOM SPRAY

Oh yeah!! very simple way to purify and refresh my room especially during night time. Bubba Organics was kindly enough to give me one to try and my gosh…I LOVE IT! I’ve been using it everyday for the past 2 weeks and feel so good about this. Here I shared 5 uses of this new innovation “baby room spray” (I literally spray it everywhere event though it called baby room spray). Sooo..let’s call it room spray from now onwards. YES! I love it that much. 

  1. FRESHEN UP – Room sprays are a great way to freshen up a room or area. It made out of the natural antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus and Melaleuca. It smells subtle and delish with sweet & fruity scent. This helps the boys to breath easy while working to keep the germs at bay. Also perfect to be used after nappy change. 😉
  2. IMPROVE QUALITY OF NIGHT SLEEP – Room sprays helps us to experience a good night sleep. As some of you may try to put your breastmilk on bub’s pillow when you do sleep training, so I try this method to Asher. I sprays the room spray to his pillow. And I was surprised with the result, Asher tends to sleep longer than usual. One night he even sleep through without feeding. (can’t wait to experience that night more often). I spray on my pillows too, and I feel great with my quality of sleep lately.
  3. CALMING – We’ve all had those nights when one of the kids can’t sleep and what can we do, they hear a nose or think something is under the bed, this is the time to pull out your  monster spray – make it a calming blend of essential oils and your little one will soon be off to sleep.
  4. RELAXING – Life as a mom is full on from am to pm. I had tons things to do in a day, yet I have little time to work on it. Things get intense easily, kids were pushing my buttons hundred times, getting out of the door seems harder than ever. Right at this moment, I know I need to RELAX. Yes, I spray this on my body and it feels magic, it relaxes my mind and muscles instantly. I always carry one on my nappy bag, you know just in case.
  5. REDUCE SNIFFLES – It is safe also to use on babies when they sniffles, but remember to wipe their nostrils afterwards.

So, what about you? Are you now a big fan of baby room spray? If not, you gotta try one anytime soon. And if you don’t feel like make your own room spray, just like me…No worries…

Shop Here

Love,

Kenny

MOTHERHOOD TRAP

Well, finally they were asleep… Where should I start?

Expectation: 1) clean the crumbs on the floor, disinfect the high chair 2) load the laundries onto washing machine 3) cook dinner 5) wash the dishes 6) clean the toilet 7) hang the laundries 8) tidy up the toys.

Reality: 1) make a warm cuppa 2) sit on my favourite couch 3) fashion magz and iPhone on both hands until I hear the weird noise from the other room.

Gap: Motherhood Trap


Yes, this is motherhood trap

The feeling to be and do everything, all the time. Oh I am serious on this! This feeling is toxically good. I mean on one side you may feel superior for becoming the primary carer for the house/family. However, on the other side you may end up burning yourself up with responsibilities.

NOPE! I refuse to be overwhelmed with my role as a mother. Motherhood is supposed to be enjoyed, not endured. Often times the gap between our expectation and the reality is getting bigger and bigger. And if you’ve never decided to address and treat this issue well, this will only trigger the crap out of you. Because you will always feel defeated by your situation which eventually will crack you under pressure.

Because hey mummas…. It’s a world of contrasts. We’re being pulled in a thousand different directions everyday; having a battle between being a mum or a cook, a mum or a cleaner, being a mum or career woman, a mum or a wife ALL DAY LONG. Perhaps, I should put it this way, we are literally trapped in a several worlds, holding the laundry basket on hip, walking the puppies, holding it all together and there is no way of pleasing everyone.

Yes, this is motherhood trap

It is complicated – new mums, if only we can simply sleep while the baby sleeps. For me, I know that is the only time I can get my things done (households and works). Everyday is full of choices and sacrifices. And with each choice came, unbidden, a sense of guilt or regret or anxiety: Maybe I should have played with the kids instead of cooking dinner? Maybe I should have tidied the house instead of having a lie-down?

Yes, this is motherhood trap

There is no way we can avoid this situation. BUT, there some ways we can rise up to the occasions. So, let me share 2 TRUTHS ABOUT YOU, MUM:

1. You are a capable mother NOT a perfect mother

A mother can do anything but not everything. Always keep in your mind that you can not get everything on top of you. Do things one at a time, by following these steps:

  • Make a day to day to-do-list to simplify your tasks (categorise them based on your priorities),
  • cross each task you have done, and
  • do a quick review at night, lastly
  • celebrate every small wins you have done in a day.

2. What you do today will never devalue your identity as a mother 

Whatever choices you make today come with consequences. Never feel less about yourself. Believe on what you choose is for the benefits of the family. And in case you just had a bad day, please don’t milk it for too long. Stop a moment, take a deep breath and move on. You’ve still got many mothering things to do.

THUS…LET’S CLIMB OUT OF THIS MOTHERHOOD TRAP

 

Love,

Kenny

 

SMART CLEAN HOME WITH DYSON PURE COOL

Are you looking for a new way to automate your home and improve your quality of life?

Living in an apartment with 2 kids under 5 years old, and busy professions as well as ministry, requires us to be smarter in managing the house. It’s honestly hard to keep on track with the house chores and cleaning schedule, not to mention the thick dust behind the TV cabinet and window crease, which often increase the chance of my rhinitis. That is why, as a family are always on the run to find new ways to simplify and to improve our quality of life at the same time. One of them is by automating our home.

For this matter I trust Dyson for its innovative game-changing idea for the future. I heard countless reviews on some of their home appliances products, and now I get to try it myself. Yes!! Few months ago, I was invited to try their latest range – Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan. And man…I have been using it for the past weeks and honestly I am quite impressed.

Not just another purifiers

As it names – Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan. It is a purifier (duhhhh..) ; it removes contaminants and allergens for a cleaner environment. However, it is not just another purifiers, this appliance removes potentially toxic fumes and odours too and it also cools in summer. How cool is that?! This means we have found our long-lost house keeper for all year round.

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Automatically monitors, reacts, and purifies

What’s more, the Purifier automatically monitors, reacts and purifies – then reports to your Dyson Link app so you’re kept in the loop. Woot woot!! This is seriously one of the best innovation I love about Dyson. It automates my house and it tells me the level of air quality inside the house daily. Dyson Link App could easily download via  App store or Google Play Store. Then follow the instructions to set up your machine. Once you finished with the machine set up, you will be able to see the summary of your house air quality information on the homepage. Tap on the chart to see the daily or weekly report.

IMG_5528Dyson Pure Cool equips with an advanced sensory technology. I did some fun play with this appliance few weeks ago, I sprayed some perfumes near the meter, and guess what?? The air quality level meter turned red which was an indication of low air quality level. Then, I placed the purifier onto a mouldy room, and found that the level of air quality gave me a red signal too.

Last step, let the Dyson Pure Cool do its job, to purifies/eliminates the toxic mists, fumes and odours. Check out other cool features on your app, such as, timer, night mode, oscillation, air-flow, etc.

Quick and easy filter changing

It is as easy as setting up the machine itself. It is low maintenance. It took me less than 5 minutes to assemble everything. Place the two filters around the base and lock it in place. This filter can last up to 12 months depends on the frequency of use with built-in notifications when they require replacing.

A modern kids friendly home appliances 

The first time I noticed once I finished assembling this fan was its sleek and minimalist look. It blends with my white wall and seated steady and well on the floor just like a bigger version of a sound speaker. Dyson Pure Cool is blade-less; it has no spinning blades and it is safe near children. This fact put me at ease when I leave the boys hang around it.

The only possible way to keep a free pollutant/allergen house 

Since having children, I realised how important it is to keep the cleanliness of the house. Children are very sensitive to the changes in the air quality. They are more susceptible to the viruses and bacteria in the house than adults are. It is my nightmare to have a suffering kids from any viruses or bacterias.

And I admit no matter how well I clean my house, I can’t do a better job than a HEPA filter to get rid of the 99.97% of the particles 0.3 microns in diameter. I want our nose, eyes, and lungs to get a break from pollutant and allergens at least when we are at home.

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Ever since I got Dyson Pure Cool at home, my hay fever attacks lessened. Asher is sleeping well and longer during night time as well as Jared. Last but not least, all of us are more comfortable playing on the carpet floor without following sneezes.

So, if you’re thinking to keep the house fresh and healthy in order to increase your family quality of life, choose the smart way, air purifier is worth your attention. I would recommend Dyson Pure Cool to automate your home. And feel the difference.

 

Love,

Kenny

 

 

 

7 TIPS TO GET YOUR KIDS TO SLEEP ALONE

I have to say how happy I am to tuck in a happy kid in bed after 3 years of needing to lay with him till he fell into very deep sleep OR many times I ended up waking up on his bed.

Does it sounds familiar in your household? Then maybe these tips are for you or at least letting you know that it’s possible. Cause I doubted it too. 😉

But, today I am proudly say that these tips do good to us, as a husband and wife, a father and mother. We wake up feeling good.

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7 TIPS TO GET YOUR KIDS TO SLEEP ALONE

1. REASON

Always give your kid a reason behind your action.

I used to say to him that “he is now a big boy, he is brave, etc.” But somehow, it didn’t work. Telling him the fact of his present existence isn’t really helpful.

Then, I tried to use a different approach, “blame others”. I told Jared, that the doctor wants mommy and daddy to sleep at mommy’s bed so baby could have a nice sleep without being possibly kicked by him. While daddy’s need to help mommy in case mommy need to pee at night. He somehow got this idea and let us sleep in our bedroom.

I am not suggesting you to tell any lies to your kids, give them more specific reason which weight on others than YOU, parents. Because kids, they are tend to regards others/strangers highly than their closest ones.

2. REWARD

It is time to congratulate them for their successful effort. By giving them a reward. A sticker, kinder egg, lollies, anything on their top list will do. Because who doesn’t love acknowledgement?! Even a small reward will help to boost the confidence of your minis.

I used to have a sleep tracker stuck on Jared’s bedroom wall. It’s a monthly calendar filled with stickers. 1 sticker for 1 successful night. Every night before bed I always point out to that “sleep track calendar” to remind him of how close he is from getting all the stickers collection.

3. REDUCE

If you happened to get used to stay at your kids room until they fell asleep, you might want to try to reduce your stay inside.

  • Find an excuse to get out of their room with a promise to come back afterwards.
  • Be specific in what you are going to do and when are you coming back.

For example: Mommy needs to throw some laundries to the drier, be back for 5 minutes. Mommy needs to use the toilet to do #2, I promise I’ll be finished in 5 minutes max. Mommy needs to call aunty XX to arrange our playdate tomorrow, be back in 7 minutes. Then, please make sure you’re back at the right time.

My point is this; try to reduce your stay inside your kids’ room to loosen the their attachment before sleep with you. Make them used to with the new (alone) environment.

Do this gradually. A drastic change may cause a shock to your child’s mental. Give time for your child to process the new forms and informations you are trying to implement in the house. Again, it’s all about the progress not the process. We’ve started with 3 minutes – 5 minutes – 10 minutes – standing on his door – 15 minutes – to not coming back because all we can hear is silent.

4. RELY ON THEM

Rely on their choices. They know what works best for them. They know what makes them comfortable most. Let them do it their way. Involve them in the process, count their opinions.

Every time (still today) before I leave the room, I always throw questions to Jared on how he would like to set the mood inside his room which will help him to send him help faster.

  • do you want me to leave your water bottle next to you or may I take it with me?
  • do you want me to cover your whole body with blanket or just your feet?
  • do you want me to turn off or leave the lights on?
  • do you want me to close or leave the door open?

I realised, by allowing Jared to has input in some of the minor decisions, he can begin to feel important and have confidence in their abilities to do so.

5. REINFORCE

Do not forget to send good vibes in the morning post a successful night.

“Mommy and Daddy had such a very good night, and baby were happy too.”

“Mommy is feeling really good this morning, can’t wait to have more fun with you.”

Give the positive credits to your kids as a reassurance of their brave action. “Because of you, I can ________________” (fill in the gap).

6. RESTRAINT

This is the hardest part. One night must be easy. The other nights must be super challenging. One thing to remember, stand on your ground. Restraint on your feet. Do not give in.

There were nights when I had to send him to his room back and forth 20 times; which were very frustrating both physical and emotional. There were nights I ended up raising my voice. BUT, I stand on my belief, that WE (Jared and mommy) can do this together. Both parents and kids need to support one another in order to succeed this challenge.

7. REPEAT

Repeat above steps again and again.

After approximately 60 days of training, consist of repetition of some bedtime routines (which I will post in details next week), we finally made it. Through this repetition, Jared was improved his confidence. The new routine had been set up. And we can’t be more proud and happier than this.


These routine is really helpful for me especially with the addition of the newborn in the house, I am able to get more works done around the house.

Above routine is best to apply for those of you who are not doing co-sleep. Including me, I and hubby chose to choose crib-sleep and keep our bed as our sanctuary. Read more about our crib-sleep journey here.

Above approach isn’t a sleep training, this is for toddlers who has been sleeping through the night without needing any bottle or still weaning. This does not requires a tough love. This requires a lot of patience, assurance, and explanations. Each toddler may not sit at the same level of readiness. Some toddlers, they need more time to adapt, while others may take it instantly.

Nonethless, one key to rememeber; is to keep doing it, and doing it right. You can’t do it for 3 days straight, then stop for the whole week. You gotta be consistent in implementing this new lifestyle.

If you find these tips helpful, leave your comments below. Or you might wanna share some of your tips too, I am more than happy to hear that. Happy trying!! May you have some good quality pillow talks with your partner. Time to mend the romance back. X

 

Love,

Kenny

7 RITUALS TO KEEP MY SANITY AS A MOTHER

I had a lot of questions from families and friends regarding my recent status as a mom of 2 boys;

how do you cope with 2 kids?

My classic answer would be – Yeah, I am fine! (while busy covering my boobs during feeding time and telling Jared to finish his lunch including the veggies).

The truth is – I AM NOT OKAY. I NEED HELP. I NEED AN ASSISTANT.

My motherhood journey aren’t always neat and beautiful as my Instagram/Pinterest feed. Some days are glorious. Some days are scabrous. Some days I win a lottery. Some days I lost my sanity.

Unlike my husband who had an above average EQ level. Mine is probably on the edge of the bottom line. I struggle with my patience a lot. However, I do not let this fact define who am I as a mom. I realised as a parent, we are the role model of our kids behaviour. Thus, it is very important for me to keep my physical and emotion being in front of my kids by keeping my sanity.

On a bad day; or when thing goes wrong. I do these 6 rituals to help me back to my rational state of mind.


1. STOP & BREATH 

Mom-hood is indeed a full on job from am to pm. Busy busy busy…it’s all I can say. I rarely find myself sitting on the couch with stretched leg. When the bub were finally asleep, your 3yo were calling you to be his sparring partner.

Mom-hood is selfless, you decide to put someone else’s need above yours. However, this would become a boomerang when we forget to maintain our health being. We may feel over-giving and lost to the occasion.

Being a mom is like having 3984 tabs opened at the same time. Your brain never stops working. Imagine if you never switch your computer to sleep mode or forget to format your hard disc. One day it hang randomly from overused/overloaded. Same thing with our brains, we gotta remind ourself to stop and breath. Your baby can cry for another 5 minutes without getting injured. Give yourself a space to restart your button. Lock yourself behind those pantry doors.

2. DRINK WATER

A new study found that drinking water can improve your mood.

Breastfeeding takes up a lot of my energy and time. It consumed me to a deeper emotion level sometimes while keeping up with a busy buzzy toddler. So, in order for me to win my everyday hustle, I have to keep myself hydrated. Drink a lot of water when things go wrong, let it cool the heat within me. Or probably

3. TURN ON SOME MUSIC

Music, more than any other art form, has the power to give me an immediate emotional hit. Everyone has a song that can instantly make them cry, or a tune they can’t help but dance to. Music is an easy way to manage not only our feelings, but how we function. At this point, I would do whatever helps to get my mojo back. SO TURN IT ON HIGH AND DANCE TO IT. And let the kids dance around too.

4. HAVE SHOWER

Having a warm bath helps me relaxed my tension muscles. But, hey mama, isn’t bath time is a luxury thing we get to do most of the days?! Yes, it is! When I can’t fit myself to the shower, at least I manage myself to wash my face and both hands. And let this warm water does its magic to my mood.

5. PHONE A FRIEND

You need to let it out. Let me clear it up once again. YOU NEED TO SAY IT LOUD. that you are having such a crap day. do not keep it for yourself. let the world knows you are not okay today. Trash that negative vibes out of your mind, mouth, and body. I guarantee it will instantly ease your burden. SAY IT LOUD OR WRITE IT CLEAR!

Get some confirmations that you are not alone on this. Get your tribe to cheer you up and shower you with word of affirmations and encouragements.

6. WORD

Before I ended my day and labelled it a “bad day” – let me get back to His word. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)

His word gives me perspective while the world gives me an objection. And I choose that WHO AM I IS DEFINED BY THE WORD NOT THE WORLD. I am wonderful and beautiful, I am called to do this, He equips and enables me to finish the task.

7. GET SOME SLEEP 

Last but not least, cuddle your precious bears and rest with them together. Forget the laundries and dishes. Leave the toys & crumbs on the ground. Do not put so much pressure on your shoulders. Enjoy the cuddles for a little longer before they outgrown your hugs, kisses and bed. 😉


Keeping my sanity is very important for me. I believe of our capacity to love others is determined through our contentment about ourself. Our feelings are transcend through our action. And kids, they are able to feel our pain and disappointment.

Everyday I want to learn to love myself better and to love my kids deeper. May you also have the same desire. And again I remind you, that it is okay to be not okay. You are human and you are normal. Ask for help TODAY by clicking the links below: (no way sponsored)

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Love,

Kenny

EASY RECIPE // LEFT OVER FAVOURITE

Hey SMONDAY!

SMONDAY – “The moment when Sunday stops feeling like a Sunday and the anxiety of Monday kicks in.”

I am currently on my last lap of my pregnancy and I feel like the day’s long and the night’s short. I fell asleep at 3PM, wide awake at 3AM. Dear anyone…. help me.

oh lord

I have been caving inside the house and do a lot of chores and cleaning for the pre-arrival of the baby. The other thing I enjoy doing these days is baking. I and Jared spent most of our day time in the kitchen together to bake some goodies. Using some left overs on the fridge. Because, really….around these times, I have little energy to do big groceries and cook big meal. SO….WHY NOT occupied those left overs aye. Today I’ll be sharing 2 of our favourites left over recipes in the house. It is full packed of goodness and nutrients. Even though, it’s majorly made out of left over. Ha.

Most importantly, it is SO easy to cook. Throw them into the oven and voila. You have it!!


LEFT OVER ROASTED CHICKEN VEGGIES FRITTATA

Served: 4 – 6 pax // Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

1 cup of leftover roasted chicken (shredded)

1 tbsp frozen carrot

1 tbsp frozen peas

1 tbsp frozen corn

1 small onion, peeled and finely diced

4 cups of grated cheese

4 eggs

olive oil

salt & pepper

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Heat up a pan with olive oil, mix onion, left-over shredded roasted chicken, and frozen veggies on to the pan. Stir fry them for further 5-7 minutes or until veggies soften, Salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer them to an oven proof muffin tray.
  4. Sprinkle grated cheese over the mixture.
  5. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl and poor them evenly over the mixture.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

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MOMMY’S BANANA BREAD

Served: 4 – 6 pax // Cooking time: 50 – 60 minutes

150 gr softened butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

2 cup self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup milk

½ icing sugar

honey

How to:

  1. Preheat oven tp 180C.
  2. Grease and line 11x21cm loaf tin.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale.
  4. Add egg in 2 batches, beating well after each batch.
  5. Stir in banana. Sift flour and baking powder over banana mixture.
  6. Add milk, stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  7. Spoon mixture into loaf tin and smooth the surface.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan before serving.
  9. Serve with icing sugar and honey drizzles.

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Well, here’s the thing that I do enjoy doing during my last trisemester with my son. And looking at both of my boys were taking each bite with a big smile really made my heart burst. These simple things are the things that are matter the most to me. I count twice for this kind of view and moment. I am grateful for my humble little family.

What are you thankful for this Monday? Feel free to share some on the comments below. Or if you have some yummy left-over recipes, I would like to know them as well below. I created this blog as a platform for us, moms, women, to encourage, empower, and support one another. So….looking forward for more connections in the making. X

 

Love,

Kenny